Two Memphis police officers suspended for social media posts

Two officers with the Memphis Police Department have been relieved of duty for a picture they posted on social media, according to officials.

MPD Interim Director Michael Rallings and Mayor Jim Strickland called a press conference Friday to discuss the police department’s relationship with the city in the wake of the Dallas, Texas shootings in which five officers were killed and others were wounded.

City of Memphis spokesman Kyle Veazey tweeted during a Friday press conference:

“Director Rallings: Two MPD officers are relieved of duty following a social media post. MPD is conducting a thorough inquiry.”

Other details were not available early Friday afternoon.

The move comes just after Metro Nashville police officer Anthony Venable was decommissioned after he made a Facebook post referencing the police-involved shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

“Yeah. I would have done 5.” Venable wrote during a Facebook conversation, according to police in a statement Thursday evening.

The comment appeared to reference to the number of shots in the Minnesota case where Philando Castile, 32, was killed in a police-involved shooting.

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